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“Sad, humorous, beautiful and full of hope and inspiration." — Africa.Film

Aspiring botanist Gideonette is convinced she’s destined to die at an early age because of a family curse—a belief that only intensifies after her father suddenly passes away. As the frightened 13-year-old recoils from the world, her mother sends her to stay with her grandparents on their lush farm. Despite her grief, Gideonette is mystified by their quirks: her grandfather spends his nights building an elaborate contraption dubbed a “meerkat moonship” for her new friend Bhubesi, a little boy who cheerfully spends his days training to be an astronaut. Combining the whimsy of Moonrise Kingdom with the dark magic of The Secret Garden, Meerkat Moonship is a mesmerising new South African fairytale for young and old.






Anchen du Plessis, Rika Sennett, Pierre van Pletzen, Themba Ntuli


Hanneke Schutte